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Carlisle travel to York for crucial League Two clash

Carlisle boss Keith Curle knows a win against York today would make all the difference to his side's chances of staying in the football league. Credit: PA

Carlisle United travel to York today for a crucial League Two clash.

The Blues are currently 21st in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.

York are one place above them in the table thanks to their superior goal difference but both teams have 36 points.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Organisers DELILAH-ted with Tom Jones ticket sales

Sir Tom Jones Credit: JASPER

Tom Jones fans have been quick off the mark today - snapping up 1,000 tickets within 10 minutes of sales opening for his show in Carlisle this summer.

The music legend is playing at Carlisle's Bitts Park on Friday 31 July as part of his 2015 European and US Tour.

“Ticket sales have been really strong. To have sold as many tickets within the first ten minutes exceeded our early expectations and is testament to Sir Tom’s reputation as a world-class performer.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the response from fans and are working hard to make as many tickets available as possible. It’s going to be a great show!”

– Claire Kidger, Director of LCC Live

Tickets are still available for the show priced from £37 and can be purchased online at: www.ticketline.co.uk; or by phone: 0844 888 9991.

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Sky lanterns installed for new Harraby school

Harraby Credit: ITV Border

Sky lanterns have been installed at the site of the new and expanded Pennine Way Primary School in Harraby, Carlisle.

Sky lantern Credit: ITV Border

It's the latest stage in the multi million pound development of the site.

The lanterns have been designed to flood the school's buildings with natural light, and the milestone event was watched by pupils, and some special guests:

Pennine Way pupils Credit: ITV Border
Interested onlookers Credit: ITV Border

Parents told of plans for troubled Carlisle school

Yewdale Primary School Credit: ITV Border

Parents of pupils at a troubled Carlisle primary school have been told of plans for its future.

Concerns were raised by Ofsted about Yewdale Primary School last March, and it was put into special measures.

Parents have now been told the school will be converted to an academy, as expected and in line with national government policy.

It will be sponsored by the William Howard Multi-Academy Trust.

The transition will take place over the next six months, and the school's expected to open as an academy this September.

“Although the Academy is not likely to open until September, we are mindful of the need to move quickly.

"We have now begun a consultation phase with all stakeholders and we look forward to meeting the pupils, parents, staff and the community in the near future.

"During this time, we will also be working closely with the temporary Executive Headteachers to help bring about rapid and sustained improvement."

– Martin Simpson, chair of William Howard Trust

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Step forward for multi-million pound Carlisle school

The building of a new multi-million pound school and community hub in Carlisle takes a big step forward today, with the installation of sky lanterns.

They're designed to flood the buildings with natural light.

Work got underway on the new and expanded Pennine Way Primary School and community centre in Harraby in September.

The scheme is due to be completed this summer.

New Carlisle arts centre has plenty to Bragg about

Melvyn Bragg Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg was in Carlisle this morning for a tour of the city's new arts venue.

The Old Fire Station Arts Centre in Warwick Street is currently undergoing a £1million revamp that will see the creation of workshop and exhibition space as well as an auditorium for live music, comedy and theatre.

"This is a wonderful new venue for Carlisle and the wider area and it's a fantastic addition to the city.

"Arts venues are massively important and it's great to see today the way it's all coming together."

– Melvyn Bragg

The Old Fire Station Arts centre was Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service's main base in the city until two new community fire stations opened in Raffles and Eastern Way in 2012.

Carlisle City Council took over the station and turned it into an arts venue. The revamp began in October and is due to be completed in May.

Thousands turn out for Carlisle's dairy showcase

Around seven thousand people have turned out in Carlisle for the annual Borderway Dairy Expo.

The event showcases the best of the dairy industry with over 400 entries in the livestock classes, as well more than 140 trade stands.

Organisers say the Expo is going from strength to strength and is the perfect opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate their best produce.

Lori Carnochan reports:

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